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Volunteer FAQs

What sort of volunteer opportunities does the Louisiana SPCA offer?

How do I become an Louisiana SPCA volunteer? 

What does the Volunteer Orientation involve?

Is it possible for me to volunteer with the Louisiana SPCA without attending the Volunteer Orientation?

May I perform service hours for my school at the Louisiana SPCA

Does the Louisiana SPCA provide group volunteer opportunities?

I need to fulfill community service hours.  May I perform these hours at the Louisiana SPCA?

 

What sort of volunteer opportunities does the Louisiana SPCA offer?

There are a variety of opportunities for you to pursue during your volunteer time with us. Please visit our Opportunities page for a complete list. 

 

How do I become a Louisiana SPCA volunteer?

The first step in becoming a Louisiana SPCA volunteer is to register for one of our volunteer orientations. Once you have registered for an orientation, you will be invited to fill out a volunteer application. After attending the orientation, you will have the opportunity to register for additional training based on the volunteer opportunities you are interested in. There is a charge of $35 for this additional training which covers the cost of your volunteer supplies (apron,t-shirt, leash, key, etc.).

 

What does the Volunteer Orientation involve?

The volunteer orientation will last approximately 1.5-2 hours. During that time you will receive an overview of the history, mission and services of the Louisiana SPCA, as well as an in depth discussion of the volunteer process requirements and the various volunteer opportunities which are available to you. After orientation you will receive an email directing you to register for additional training sessions based on the volunteer positions you are interested in.

 

Is it possible for me to volunteer with the Louisiana SPCA without attending the Volunteer Orientation?

All volunteers who wish to work directly with the animals at the shelter facility or at off-site events are required to attend the Volunteer Orientation and subsequent training sessions. The orientation and training will not only provide an understanding of the mission of the Louisiana SPCA as well as a description of the numerous volunteer positions available, but they will also provide invaluable and necessary information on animal communication & behavior, animal handling methods and shelter protocols.

If you do not wish to work directly with the animals either at the shelter or at our off-site events, we still highly recommend attending the Volunteer Orientation. However, if this is not possible, please send us an email at volunteer@la-spca.org and arrangements will be made for you to assist in non-animal related activities, such as manning information tables, assisting with youth and community educational outreach, staffing special events and many other possible opportunities.

 

May I perform service hours for my school at the Louisiana SPCA?

Due to the level of training involved in volunteering at the Louisiana SPCA, students will not be able to get credit for service hours until they have served 3 consecutive months as an active Louisiana SPCA volunteer contributing at least 4 volunteer hours per month.

 

Does the Louisiana SPCA provide group volunteer opportunities?

We can occasionally accommodate group volunteer requests (no more than 10-15 people) for a day of service with adequate advance notice. Please visit our Groups page for more information. 

 

I need to fulfill court ordered community service hours.  May I perform these hours at the Louisiana SPCA?

Yes, you can perform your court ordered community service hours at the Louisiana SPCA. Please visit our Community Service page for all of the requriements. 

 

 

 

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